Month: October 2013
Stacking the Shelves #16
Hello everyone,hope you all had a great week filled with all sorts of bookish goodies. I got a few books from NetGalley. All three of them are books I am really excited to read. Not only that, but this week also signified my six month blog-o-versary. So yay me. I am so excited that I managed to keep up this blog for six months. I can only hope that I can do it for many more months.
Don’t forget to stop by Tynga’s Reviews to link up your Stacking The Shelves posts/vlogs. Don’t forget to check out the posts & vlogs of others to see what they got this week.
Sekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith (e-galley from Netgalley)
Review: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.
Book Blogger Challenge-Week 7
Hello everyone, to be honest I haven’t really felt like doing this one this week but I knew that if I didn’t do this one, this week, I’d have to double up next week, which was not an appealing thought. So this week’s edition of the Book Blogger Challenge comes to you both grudgingly but also resignedly. This comes from Good Books & Good Wine.
Talk About Your Blogging Quirks
- I start a review post right after I finish the book so I don’t forget things that I want to talk about. Unless I finish the book at like 3am or something.Then I wait until the next morning.
- I’m slowly learning how to make my reviews longer without sounding verbose.
- I struggle writing reviews much more with books that I loved as opposed to ones that I hated.
- I’m learning to love using GIF’s in reviews. Especially ranty ones.
- After I post a review on the blog, I immediately add my review to Goodreads and to Amazon.
- I feel bad that I don’t comment much on other people’s blogs. Then I get it into my head that I must comment a lot in a short amount of time.
- I am learning that I don’t have to post every day and that life will go on if I don’t post one day.
Book Blitz: Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters
Synopsis“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.Then it all changed.I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world. But lusty paradise is shattered. Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Buy the Book
Amazon US – http://amzn.com/B00EV9LSJI Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EV9LSJI
This was it. My new beginning. My new ending. I didn’t know what beheld my fate, but I sucked in a breath and stepped over the threshold. “Bon soir, esclave.”My eyes soared up to the first landing of a giant blue velvet staircase. Massive works of art hung like armament on gold gilded walls. A man in a grey chequered suit, with black shirt, silver tie, and slicked back hair watched me from the landing. His gaze unclothed me, terrified me. I stepped back, bumping against guard who didn’t let me go any further. He bent his head and whispered in my ear, his breath tickling my neck. “Say hello to your new master.”
About the Author
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 😉She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
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Review: North Star by Cassandra Gunn
Ahhh, I loved this story so much. Anne was a likable character who showed significant depth through the entire story.Her adoptive parents were a totally different story. They were awful human beings,made even worse when we learned what sort of dark secrets they were keeping from Anne regarding her parents.
Anne’s living the dream of being dressed in finery,but the truth is, this isn’t her. She’s not comfortable in the array of finery that she is dressed in every single day. She longs for the days of ice skating with her birth mother prior to the accident.The descriptions of the different ice skating moves was great. I don’t know much about ice skating (except I can’t do it) so it was really great to see an author explain the ice skating terminology.
Daphne was a good friend to Anne at first but it almost felt as the friendship was conditional. Only and until Anne misbehaved at school was Daphne friends with her. Clarice start off as a bit of a witch,but once we got to know her, she didn’t seem as mean. Which was good because by that time,Anne needed a friend.
The secondary characters Francine, Sophia and James were all great in their own way.They each had some flaws but those flaws did not overrule their positive attributes.
The editing was fantastic. I was so excited to see that an 8th grade project could be edited so well.I have a feeling that the author is destined to be a writer as this story shows what she can do already.I will be giving this story 4 stars. It had great characters, great story flow and I loved the epilogue. The only thing I wish, is that it was longer.
Meet My Furbabies
Hello everyone, nope no review today but after reading Molli’s post about her furbabies as well as Kara and Lynn’s post on their rescue animals, I decided to take some time to talk about my own furbabies. First of all,I want to introduce you to a very special cat who is no longer with us.
Here I am at five years old with a teeny tiny kitten that I named Molly. She was a present given to me by my grandmother’s 2nd husband who was more like a grandfather to me than my actual grandfather. I had just had serious, life-saving surgery and he got me this kitten as a present while I recovered.We lost her to Lymphoma shortly before my 18th birthday. Nine years later, I still miss her.
I have had cats in my home pretty much all of my life. I remember some of their names and what they looked like.
- Tiger-Tiger striped female. She ran away to die at 19.
- Pee-head- Gray fat cat who we found dead under the house.We believe she died of kidney failure.
- Molly- Siamese female who we lost to Lymphoma.
- Angel- All white cat except for a gray spot (or halo) between her ears and with one green eye and one blue eye.She died last October at age 19.
- Eclipse- All black female cat who died 4 years ago due to her being overweight.She was 14.
- Stevie-All gray female who we believe was carried off by a coyote 3.5 years ago.She was 13.
- Fuzzy- Himylan female who died in her sleep.She was 12 years old.
Stacking The Shelves #15
Let Me Go by L.L. Akers (Received for my participation in a Blog Tour)
Dream Girl (Book #1) by S.J. Lomas (e-galley from NetGalley)
Review: Streaks of Blue by Jack Chaucer
Book Blogger Challenge-Week 6
Hello again everyone,I’m back for the sixth installment of the book blogger challenge.This comes from Good Books and Good Wine. I made it into a weekly thing instead of doing it daily. So check out my answer to this week’s question and tell me how book shopping has gone for you before and or after you started blogging.
Week 6- Describe How You Shop For Books
I really don’t have a specific way I shop for books. Before blogging I would just go to a bookstore and pick up something without knowing anything about it.I often didn’t even recognize the author’s name. Now I go to bookstores looking specifically for certain titles, often titles that my fellow bloggers have mentioned to me. I rarely ever shop blindly anymore.
I still shop on Amazon.Actually that’s where I buy the majority of my books. I do have bookstores nearby but Amazon is SO darn convenient.Yeah the waiting can be a real pain in my butt, but it is SO exciting to get a package in the mail.
So how do you shop for books?